Blowing out your natural hair can be very easy and painless. Below I have compiled a complete list from start to finish on the most effective way to blow out you natural hair. These steps will assure you have less breakage, more control and smoother hair.

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How to Blow-Out your Natural Hair

  • Shampoo your hair with a cleansing shampoo. I recommend doing this twice, rinse and remove as must water as possible
  • Apply conditioner and rinse. I recommend a normal conditioner, or a light protein conditioner if your hair is in need of the protein.
  • With a tee-shirt, remove all excess water
  • Add leave-in conditioner to damp hair not dripping wet hair
  • Let your hair air dry for a few minutes. Allowing your hair to dry a little prior to applying heat helps the cuticle to close, trapping more moisture inside of the hair’s cortex
    • Hair types 1a-2c: let air dry hair to 60-70%
    • Hair types 3a-4c: braid and or two-strand twist your hair into 4 – 6 sections and let your hair air dry in those braids/twist until 50-60%. This will elongate your curls and help in the stretching process.
  • Starting with the first section, apply your heat protectant from roots to ends—this should be done for each section. If using a high quality heat protectant, you will not have to use as much product. Apply heat protectant to each section on 60-70% dry hair for 1a-2c hair types, and 50-60% for 3a-4c hair types.
  • Applying heat protectant to damp hair also acts as a filler and sealant to the hair’s cuticle, resulting in more protection for the hair shaft
  • Blow dry your hair with a nozzle in small, easy-to-work sections. This will control the hair and prevent damage from tangles and getting too rough. Repeat until you have dried all of your hair.
  • Conclude with a cool blast and style you hair as normal. Ending your blow dry with a cool blast helps to keep the work you have done…done. Cool air on hot hair seals the bond that was created when blow-drying allowing the blow dry to be more effective.

I can wear my blow out for two weeks before I have to cleanses my hair again. I find wearing high buns and cornrows during physical activities helps keep my hair straight longer.  Tying my hair down with a silk scarf at night, helps to keep my natural oils on my hair instead on my pillow case and keeps my edges straight.

See these steps in action…

I hope you found these steps to be helpful and can achieve a great blow-out. I would like to invite you to sign up for my newsletter, this way you will always be in the know with all things MA!

~MA

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Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.

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